A few months ago, someone contacted me who was trying to use my
PyTopo map display script for a different set of map data, the
Topo! National Parks series. We exchanged some email about the
format the maps used.
I'd been wanting to make PyTopo more general
anyway, and already had some hacky code in my local version to
let it use a local geologic map that I'd chopped into segments.
So, faced with an Actual User (always a good incentive!), I
took the opportunity to clean up the code, use some of Python's
support for classes, and introduce several classes of map data.
I called it 0.5 beta 1 since it wasn't well tested. But in the last
few days, I had occasion to do some map exploring,
cleaned up a few remaining bugs, and implemented a feature which
I hadn't gotten around to implementing in the new framework
(saving maps to a file).
I think it's ready to use now. I'm going to do some more testing:
after visiting the USGS
Open House today and watching Jim Lienkaemper's narrated
Tour of the Hayward Fault,
I'm all fired up about trying again to find more online geologic
But meanwhile, PyTopo is feature complete and has the known
bugs fixed. The latest version is on
the PyTopo page.
[ 18:25 Jun 03, 2006
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On Dapper, whenever I tried to add a new printer or make any
modifications to the existing printer's settings, I would eventually
come to a dialog prompting me to enter username and password for
'CUPS'. There seemed to be no right answer: there is no user called
"cups" (there's a "cupsys", but that's not what it was asking for),
and trying either my own username and password, or root's, just
popped up the dialog again. A second attempt always led to a blank
knew the answer. You're supposed to read:
then skip to the end of the file where there's a brief hint
about this problem, stating that "Administration over the web
interface is disabled by default since it
requires the CUPS daemon to be able to read /etc/shadow."
Note that they don't actually disable it in a way that
tells users it's disabled. CUPS apparently doesn't check for
read permission on the shadow file before opening it,
or check whether there was an error in reading it;
it just silently bombs out with no indication what went wrong.
To fix it:
adduser cupsys shadow
adduser yourname lpadmin
You may not need the second line if you're already in group
lpadmin (type groups
to find out).
Then reboot. (Restarting cups and logging out and back in might
be enough: you need to get cups and your login session seeing their
new group permissions.)
Now, magically, the CUPS web interface works!
[ 23:15 Jun 01, 2006
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